Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Port of Sydney AGM

Port of Sydney AGM

March 2, 2022 at 10:55 am

It’s time for Confessions of a Bad Reporter. In this week’s episode, I have to confess that I did not attend the Port of Sydney’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 23. It was on a Wednesday night, a week before I publish, and I thought I would be ableRead More

Budget Workshop: Everyone Hates Property Taxes

Budget Workshop: Everyone Hates Property Taxes

February 23, 2022 at 12:21 pm

Welcome to Part II of what has turned into a two-part series based on the first half of a two-hour CBRM council budget workshop. Just me, working my magic, folks. Those rising Nova Scotia house prices described in Part I led to a 10.8% overall increase in residential assessments acrossRead More

District Energy: I Surrender

District Energy: I Surrender

February 16, 2022 at 12:21 pm

This article is me, metaphorically waving a white flag. I have tried to get an answer to a pretty simple question — when did CBRM council decide to throw its weight behind a $38 million district energy project for downtown Sydney?  — but it has proved ridiculously difficult. The questionRead More

Survey Says: CBRM Residents Want Sign Regulation

Survey Says: CBRM Residents Want Sign Regulation

February 9, 2022 at 12:10 pm

The people of the CBRM have spoken and they want the municipality to regulate temporary mobile signs. Planner Kristen Knudskov appeared before council last night with the results of a public survey that found 76% of respondents wanted the CBRM to regulate signs like these: CBRM’s planning department began workRead More

CBRM Council: Setting Boundaries

CBRM Council: Setting Boundaries

February 9, 2022 at 12:08 pm

CBRM council voted last night to hire a consultant to conduct a Utility and Review Board (UARB)-mandated district boundary review and make recommendations about district and council size. Planning and Development Director Michael Ruus had been asked, during a special council meeting on January 25, to prepare an Issue PaperRead More

CBRM Council: Heritage Minutes

CBRM Council: Heritage Minutes

February 9, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Three CBRM structures were registered as Municipal Heritage properties during last night’s council meeting:   Menelik Hall Planner Karen Neville, in her submission to council, said the value of the hall, located at 88 Laurier Street in Whitney Pier and “constructed between 1935 and 1936 by people of African descentRead More

District Energy…Again!

District Energy…Again!

February 2, 2022 at 1:12 pm

I know, I know — enough with the District Energy already. But I can’t let go of it because it’s an infrastructure project worth $38 million (as in, the cost of a new central library); it’s being pushed by the province, which means it’s likely to happen; and we haveRead More

CBRM Council: Pushing Boundaries

CBRM Council: Pushing Boundaries

January 26, 2022 at 12:21 pm

It’s that time again — district boundary review season! According to section 369 of the Municipal Government Act: (1) In the year 1999, and in the years 2006 and every eighth year thereafter the council shall conduct a study of the number and boundaries of polling districts in the municipality,Read More

CBRM Council: Loose Ends

CBRM Council: Loose Ends

January 26, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Tuesday’s special session of CBRM council included a rather cryptic Issue Paper from regional solicitor Demetri Kachafanas under the title: “Qualifications to Run for Municipal Elections.” Kachafanis says qualifications to serve on council are — like everything else involving Nova Scotian municipalities — governed by the Municipal Government Act (MGA).Read More

The Cape Breton Partnership Revisited

The Cape Breton Partnership Revisited

January 19, 2022 at 3:02 pm

As noted elsewhere this week, I’ve been curious about the appointment of Carla Arsenault as principal of the Marconi Campus of the NSCC, but I found I couldn’t think about Arsenault, the former president and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership, without thinking about the organization she headed for threeRead More